John Cullinan

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John Cullinan in 1908

John Cullinan (1858?[1] – 17 December 1920) was Irish Nationalist Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom for Tipperary South, 1900–18.[2]

John Cullinan was a journalist. He was born at Bansha,[3] son of Charles Cullinan, merchant and farmer, and Catherine, daughter of R. W. Walsh of Tourin, Co. Waterford[4] and educated at St. Patrick's College, Thurles, Lay College.[5] From his early manhood, he became a prominent figure in the nationalist movement in Tipperary, and played a leading part in the Land League and Plan of Campaign movements.[6] These involvements led to him serving five terms of imprisonment, in which he was sentenced to four terms varying from one month to twelve months, and on another occasion was jailed as a ‘suspect’.[7] He was one of those indicted with John Dillon and William O’Brien in connection with the non-payment of rent campaign on the Smith-Barry estate in 1889–90.[8] He narrowly escaped death in Tullamore jail in 1891 from an attack of fever.[9] For many years he was Chairman of the Tipperary Board of Poor Law Guardians.[10] He was also a member of South Tipperary County Council[11] from its establishment in 1899,[12] and of a District Council,[13] and a noted player of hurling and Gaelic football.[14] In 1913 he married Rita, daughter of Thomas O’Meara of Cahir.[15]

He was selected as Nationalist parliamentary candidate for South Tipperary for the general election of 1900 at a convention at Cahir on 26 September 1900,[16] and subsequently was elected unopposed. He continued to hold the seat unopposed through successive general elections until December 1918, when he was defeated by the Sinn Féin candidate Patrick James Moloney by 8,744 votes to 2,701.[17]

He died at a nursing home[18] in Dublin[19] on Friday 17 December 1920, and was buried in Tipperary.[20]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ There is some doubt about his date of birth. Online Hansard 1803–2005 currently states ‘1858’. But Stenton & Lees (1978) give 1857, the Irish Independent 18/12/1920 gives 1838, and the Freemans Journal 18/12/1920 gives 1852.
  2. ^ Walker (1978)
  3. ^ Irish Independent 18/12/1920
  4. ^ Stenton & Lees (1978)
  5. ^ Irish Independent 18/12/1920, Freemans Journal 18/12/1920
  6. ^ Irish Independent 18/12/1920, Freemans Journal 18/12/1920
  7. ^ Freemans Journal 18/12/1920
  8. ^ Freemans Journal 18/12/1920
  9. ^ Irish Independent 18/12/1920
  10. ^ Irish Independent 18/12/1920
  11. ^ Irish Independent 18/12/1920, Nenagh Guardian 25/12/1925
  12. ^ Nenagh Guardian 25/12/1920
  13. ^ Stenton & Lees (1978)
  14. ^ Freemans Journal 18/12/1920
  15. ^ Freemans Journal, 18/12/1920
  16. ^ Freemans Journal, 18 December 1920
  17. ^ Walker (1978)
  18. ^ Nenagh Guardian 25/12/1920
  19. ^ Irish Independent 18/12/1920, Freemans Journal 18/12/1920, Nenagh Guardian 25/12/1920
  20. ^ Nenagh Guardian 25/12/1920

References[edit]

  • "Freemans Journal". 18 December 1920. 
  • "Irish Independent". 18 December 1920. 
  • "Nenagh Guardian". 25 December 1920. 
  • Michael Stenton and Stephen Lees (1978). Who’s Who of British Members of Parliament, Vol.2 1886–1918. Sussex: Harvester Press. 
  • Brian M. Walker, ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801–1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Francis Mandeville
Member of Parliament for South Tipperary
19001918
Succeeded by
P. J. Moloney